VHA welcomes new federal Minister for Health 

June 1, 2022

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced his new ministry on 31 May, appointing Mark Butler as Minister for Health and Aged Care. 

The ministerial appointments also include Anika Wells as Minister for Aged Care, Ged Kearney as Assistant Minister for Health and Aged Care, Emma McBride as Assistant Minister for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention and Assistant Minister for Rural and Regional Health, and Malarndirri McCarthy as Assistant Minister for Indigenous Health. View the full list of ministers 

The VHA welcomes the new ministers and will seek to engage with them over the coming weeks and months to discuss the unique challenges and opportunities of the Victorian health system. 

‘I look forward to working with the new health ministerial team on delivering for our sector, and in particular advocating for a fair funding deal for our states hospitals and greater recognition of the critical role community health plays in the health and wellbeing of Victorians,’ VHA CEO Tom Symondson said. 

‘I also look forward to working closely with Victoria-based MPs to get the best outcomes for public health, community health, and aged care services located in their respective electorates.’ 

Ahead of the federal election, the VHA called for Commonwealth leadership in prioritising workforce immigration, supporting rural and regional training, increasing health funding, and supporting greater care in the community. 

The VHA will continue to advocate on these issues with the new Labor Government. 


During the election campaign, Labor set out a number of plans to improve the health system, including:

  • establishing a Strengthening Medicare Fund to improve patient access to GPs, nurses and allied health professionals and reduce pressure on hospitals
  • designating outer metro and regional centres as priority placement areas for overseas-trained GPs
  • funding fee-free TAFE and additional university places in areas of skills shortage such as nursing, aged care and disability care
  • establishing an Australian Centre for Disease Control to improve pandemic preparedness and response. 

The VHA tracked these and other health-related commitments in our federal election tracker.